The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl commissioned a publication in celebration of the iconic venue’s 100th anniversary (original D.O.B. 1921). In a nod to the Bowl’s earlier Streamline Moderne incarnation, the cover showcases a customized mashup of Futura (used for The Bowl’s brand, Paul Renner) and Bifur (Adolphe Mouron Cassandre) in a holographic foil treatment. Beneath the jacket, the Bodonian binding technique used exposes the spines of the signatures, giving a “behind-the-scenes” look into the construction of the book.
Through the course of ten chapters, each focussing on a roughly chronological segment of the past, a story is woven from disparate threads of music, social causes, spectacle, and celebrity. The structure of the book alternates between the generously illustrated text and extended sections of images only, where documentary photography is juxtaposed with printed ephemera. Because each image section uses an intense color to backdrop the images, the structure of the book is legible just by looking at the fore-edge. The extensive research results in a beautiful anachronistic cacophony that only such a history can tell.
Due to the pandemic, the centennial celebrations have been postponed and will commence in 2022.
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Number of Pages: 320
Paper: Munken Print
Typefaces: Cardinal (Production Type), Futura Condensed, Graphik (Commercial Type), and Bifur
Creative Director: Kimberly Varella
Art Director: Kimberly Varella
Book Designer: Kimberly Varella
Jacket/Cover Designer: Kimberly Varella
Photographer: Documentation by Ian Byers-Gamber
Production Coordinator: David Evans Frantz
Production Artist: Sam Wagner
Hollywood Bowl 100
Book and Cover
Book Title: Hollywood Bowl 100
Design Firm/Agency: Content Object
Publisher: Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Author/Editor: Written by Derek Traub; Edited by Robin Rauzi and Julia Ward
“This book is flawless in execution—from grid to typesetting.” —Brian Johnson
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